The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

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Welcome to DARS

Supporting Virginians’ efforts to secure independence, inclusion and integration

The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families. Read about our mission statement and our code of ethics.

DARS includes the Adult Protective Services Division, the Community Based Services Division, Disability Determination Services, the Division for Rehabilitative Services, the Division for the Aging, Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, the Office of Community Integration and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Learn more in this overview of the agency.


Latest News

More news from DARS

DARS' Holmes discusses wellness program for Virginia offenders with chronic ailments

April HolmesIn a recent webinar held by the National Association for Area Agencies on Aging, DARS’ April Holmes gave an overview on the agency’s wellness program that helps offenders at Virginia correctional centers learn to manage their chronic diseases and improve their well-being. The Washington Post describes the program’s influence on participants in Prince William County.

DRS fabrication shop staff design devices to overcome barriers

Fabrication shopDiscover the creative process employees of DARS' Richmond fabrication shop use to design assistive technology devices aimed at helping DARS consumers overcome barriers at home or in the workplace, and how the inventions can provide users greater independence and open up employment opportunities. Watch our YouTube video.

Adult financial exploitation costs victims estimated $28.2 million in SFY 2015

Photo of concerned woman on phoneFinancial exploitation costs older and vulnerable adult Virginians an estimated $28.2 million, a figure that could well top $1 billion, according to a review by Adult Protective Services. The report is the first attempt to quantify adult financial exploitation in the Commonwealth. Learn more about the review’s findings and recommendations and report suspected cases of adult financial exploitation by calling the toll-free, 24-hour APS hotline at (888) 832-3858.

Be ready for severe weather

Cars in snowy trafficAre you ready for severe winter weather? These tipsts and those with physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities remain safe through extreme cold and harsh winter storms. Find more guidance on several steps you can take to keep yourself and your loved ones safe this winter and watch this video for more information.